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Data & Reports

For the Public

Making Health Care Safer

Basic information on sepsis: Making Health Care Safer: Think Sepsis. Time Matters

A CDC evaluation found 7 in 10 patients with sepsis had recently used healthcare services or had chronic diseases requiring frequent medical care.

In adults, these common infections can lead to sepsis.

  • Lung infection such as pneumonia (35%)
  • Kidney or urinary tract infection (25%)
  • Gut, stomach, or intestine infection (11%)
  • Skin infection (11%)

Sepsis Statistics

  • More than 1.5 million people get sepsis each year in the U.S
  • About 250,000 Americans die from sepsis each year
  • One in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis

For Healthcare Professionals & Researchers

Opportunities for Prevention

Knowledge of patient demographics, risk factors, and infections leading to sepsis is needed to develop comprehensive infection prevention and sepsis early recognition and treatment strategies.

See: MMWR Report – Vital Signs: Epidemiology of Sepsis: Prevalence of Health Care Factors and Opportunities for Prevention

Other Sepsis Data Reports

See: MMWR Report – Varying Estimates of Sepsis Mortality Using Death Certificates and Administrative Codes — United States, 1999–2014